Let’s go back five years ago…
(This is where you imagine Wayne and Garth doing that dooodleee doo dooodleee doo thing they do at the end of Wayne’s World for the alternate endings. But this isn’t alternate. and it’s not the ending…we are going back to the beginning…)
It was 2007.
I didn’t have a laptop; instead I had a desk top shoved in our spare room.
I read emails and dorked around on ancestory.com and played endless games of SimCity.
I didn’t have any kids. I didn’t have a grad class at the time. And I didn’t want to think about school starting in the fall because it was June.
And then I read a blog.
Only, I didn’t know that is what it was called. I thought it was my friend, Trisha’s, family “website”.
She told me it was called a blog and that it was free on blogger.com.
And so, on July 7, 2007 just after noon on a Saturday afternoon, Sluiter Nation was born.
It was an uneventful first post. Not worth linking to. If you’re interested in my shoddy newborn blog writing, you can use that little pull down menu at the bottom of the right sidebar. Looking back, some of it shows glimpses into what my writing will become.
I stumbled through my first three or so years with my five loyal readers (hi mom, Trisha, Cort, Missy, and Tammi!) and my sporadic posting.
The only blogs I read back then were Trisha’s (which she quit) and MckMama (which I don’t read regularly anymore).
I never read the comments on MckMama’s posts; I just knew there were tons. As in hundreds. I didn’t realized that the people who commented were largely bloggers too. I just read and moved on with my day.
Then I found a few blogs of people I knew and read them too.
One happened to know what she was doing.
Then I gave in and deleted my never-used MySpace account and got a Facebook account.
This is also around the time I joined twitter.
Again, I followed about 5 “real” people and 12 celebrities.
(It’s hard to believe that at present when I contact a large site about writing opportunities, the first reaction is:Oh! I recognize you from twitter!I have no idea whether I should be flattered or horrified. Probably a little of both.)
Once I found a friend who knew a bit about this social media thing, she started taking me around like the new kid.
She showed me where the support was for my postpartum depression and anxiety.
She showed me the funny, amazing, and lovely voices that are out there.
She opened a door for me that I had no idea was there!
So Sluiter Nation turns five tomorrow.
I don’t FEEL five.
I still feel like such a newb. There is so much I am naive about. So much I still have to learn.
I’ve tried lots of stuff over the past few years to see what fit here in this space.
I’ve moved the furniture around, had guests, taken Sluiter Nation on the road to other places, met people in REAL life.
I’ve tried stuff on here that totally didn’t fit, made and lost friends along the way.
Mentored and was mentored.
Won and lost.
But most of all, I wrote.
I wrote through it all.
The heartache, the joy, the tragedy, and the celebration.
I hope whatever is here when I can no longer write in this space will tell my story. Will preserve for my loved ones my perspective of this life I am living with them…for them.
I hope I write in this space forever.
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